USC Trojans This & That — 7/14

The last time USC opened the season against FRESNO ST, the Steve Sarkisian-coached 2014 Trojans hammered the Bulldogs 52-13 in front of 76,037 fans. That strong beginning wasn’t a precursor to an especially memorable USC season: the 9-4 Trojans surprisingly lost to Boston College 31-37 and were dominated by UCLA 20-38, but still managed to beat NEB in the Holiday Bowl 45-42.

2014 seems like a long time ago for Trojan football and under Clay Helton USC has developed a bad habit of opening disastrously, or unimpressively (ALA 6-52, W MICH 49-31, UNLV 43-21).

Helton hopes to save his job this season and reverse USC’s poor opener trend in the state-of-the-art, luxury-boxed Coliseum with a return to form against FRESNO ST, now coached by well-respected Jeff Tedford and coming off a 12-2 season and a 31-20 win over ASU in the Las Vegas Bowl. Fortunately for USC, the Bulldogs have lost a lot of talent from last year’s squad. USC is nearly a two TD favorite to successfully spring Graham Harrell’s new Air Raid offense on Tedford.

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Jamaica
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Just what was Clay Helton’s responsibilities when he got hired through Monte Kiffin’s request? And what did he do when Sarkisian took over? I have an impression Kiffin & Sarksisan did most of the offensive coordination work. So Helton just stood around and watched as the socalled QB coach? And Max Nikias just laid the HC job in his lap when Haden fired Sark? And anyone wonders why the football program is in the shape its in these past 3-years? Is it true that Helton’s wife called Monte Kiffin to talk his son into hiring Helton?

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The NFL refs are taking pass interference to a new level, making the call reviewable. Not just position of the ball or stepped out of bounds type of review, but the actual call plus the outside replay judges can call it. This in reply to the call that wasn’t during the playoffs last season. If you ask me pass interference is a stupid rule to begin with. If the quarterback drops the ball it becomes a live ball and any player is allowed to go after it. However, if the quarterback throws the ball it is a pass and the… Read more »

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I think Tedford would be a great replacement for Helton, or Seth Littrell. I am sure if Helton is fired most people will want Harrell named as HC, even though he has no background has a HC. Does USC want to do another on the job training for a HC. If USC fires Helton I am sure Harrell will be inundated with offers, either college or pro. Would he stay if given the reigns to the offense under a really good HC, who knows. We have yet to see him in action.

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I’ve been thinking about this year’s team—on the offensive side of the ball. We have all been worrying that Helton will meddle with our new genius (hey, hope springs eternal at this point in the season), Coach Harrell. And of late, we read that Helton has let slip that last season’s debacle was not due to his poor leadership as head coach, but because of “3 or 4 plays going the wrong way.” Denial, your name is Clay Helton. There is an obscure position that Major League baseball teams have called the “traveling secretary” and they have little direct effect… Read more »

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I agree with you 100%. The more Clay keeps from meddling, the better for the team. I’m concerned about the defensive side of the ball because of Clancy’s poor coaching, inability to discipline players and running too complicated a defense for college. We have experienced that before when Monte Kiffin tried to run the “Tampa 2” defense and it was a disaster. I’ll never forget watching Chris Gallipo, a good run-stuffing middle linebacker from Servite HS, trying to run backwards in that Tampa 2. It left a big gap in the middle and Oregon and other run-first teams exploited it.… Read more »

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Heck of a thing. A Head Coach who you cannot let coach.

Steveg
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Just let him manage, steer the progam philosophy, and get out of the way of the assistants to do their thing. He has to make sure everyone on each side of the ball is on the same page and that the AD is happy.